The Shipwreck Galleries, Fremantle

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Take a tour through Western Australian maritime history as you explore vessels salvaged from the sea at the The Shipwreck Galleries. This museum is recognized as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the Southern Hemisphere. See relics, such as cannons, hulls, and engines, from shipwrecks, dating back to the 17th century. Keep an eye out for the original Dutch vessel Batavia, which sank off the coast of Western Australia in 1629. Convicts built the museum in the 1850s, and today it sits in the heart of Fremantle's historic West End. Make The Shipwreck Galleries a centerpiece of your Fremantle vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Fremantle travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Visited the Shipwreck Gallery and was surprised at just how much history is in the local area. Very interesting place, and excellent value for money  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    This is one of the many museums in Fremantle worth a visit if just to see the remains of the Batavia one of the better known wrecks there is a lot to see and worth spending time to view all the displa...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    A very large display, from the history of sailing to modern shipwrecks, to the work of identifying them and dating all the items. So big and various, i stayed more than 1h30, a lot more than expected ...  more »
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  • August 28, 2017
    I'm surprised to know that the entrance fee is on a donation basis because the museum contained so many artefacts and so much information was provided. To read every single thing in detail would definitely take half a day. Would recommend it for anyone interested in history. It isn't restricted to Australia and encompasses tales from Africa and how sailing was discovered.
  • June 17, 2017
    If you are interested in history of any sort this place will satisfy you for hours. Not a very linear layout of exhibits but that for the curious mind means discoveries everywhere. . Interesting, educational, and enjoyable.
  • August 19, 2017
    Great exhibits and explanations focused on a slice of voc history. First rate.
  • July 17, 2017
    Interesting museum to know a little better the town and is history. A reasonable donation is asked at the entrance.
  • August 5, 2017
    The history of Freemantle is available here. A very good effort to inform the new generation.

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